You’d have to be insane to invest in interactive storytelling in South Africa. Web staff and new digital journalists need special skills; multimedia storytelling is time consuming and expensive; and – in an environment where online ad revenue and local connectivity is relatively low – returns (financial or users) are hardly guaranteed.
But the Daily Dispatch of East London is crazy. Like a fox – crazy.
“Media, poverty and social justice” was a theme adopted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies back in 2008. It informed some of our teaching, manifested in some of our student media productions. It also stimulated some staff research.